Armstrong ends doping fight, says he’s weary of “the nonsense”

Cyclist insists on innocence, but likely to lose medals GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Lance Armstrong, seven time winner of the Tour de France cycling race, announced Thursday 23 August that he will not go to arbitration with the US Anti-doping Agency (USADA). The agency last night said it will indeed strip the 42-year-old of his medals […]

Sports, cycling: Cancellara drops out of Tour for pregnant wife

BERN, SWITZERLAND – Fabin Cancellara, who will represent Switzerland at the Olympics in London, has cut short the Tour de France bike race to join his wife, who is about to give birth in Bern. He would have joined the 11th stage of the race Thursday 12 July. Cancellara said the decision was hard, but […]

Brit wins Tour de Romandie in windy ride

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – British cyclist Bradley Wiggins won the Tour de Romandie Sunday, finishing the six-day race by winning Sunday’s against-the-clock run under tough conditions. The final 16.5km leg was a loop downhill from Montana Village, just below the resort of Crans-Montan, to Mollens and back up the steep mountainside to Aminona, ending in Crans. […]

Contador loses his title

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LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Spain’s Alberto Contador has been suspended from cycling for two years after the CAS sports tribunal in Lausanne, TAS, found him guilty on one count of doping. The winner of the 2010 Tour de France loses his crown as a result; it should now go to Andy Schleck of Luxembourg who came […]

Tour de France gets 3 hours in Switzerland in 2012

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Tour de France cycling race will slip over the border into Switzerland in the summer of 2012, reports TSR (Fre) saying the decision will be confirmed in October. The new route calls for racers to go from Belfort to Porrentruy, with three hours in total in the Jura region.

Tour de France goes to Oz

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International sports, cycling PARIS, FRANCE – Australian Cadel Evans won the Tour de France, edging out the Schleck brothers in the time trial on the penultimate day. British rider Mark Cavendish won the final sprint along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées for the third time in a row and also became the first Briton to win […]

Tour de France 9th stage marred by crash, falls

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The 9th stage out of 21 in the Tour de France cycling race left Thomas Voeckler wearing the overall leader’s yellow Sunday 10 July, but only after a day marred by accidents that left several riders with serious injuries. The Tour de France’s summary for the day described the initial damage at […]

Contador takes his third Tour de France while Cavendish wins sprint

International sports, Tour de France cycling Paris, France (GenevaLunch) – Spanish rider Alberto Contador won his third Tour de France, 25 July, despite not taking a single stage win in the 2010 race. Andy Schleck, from Luxemburg, was 39 seconds back in second place. Mark Cavendish confirmed his status as the fastest man on a […]

Triumph for Riblon as Schleck keeps yellow

International sports, Tour de France cycling Paris, France (GenevaLunch.com) – French rider Christophe Riblon won the 14th stage of the 2010 Tour de France after a long break away. Andy Schleck kept the yellow jersey of the overall leader as he kept pace with challenger Alberto Cantador. Links to other sites: letour.fr, Guardian

Cavendish strikes back but Cancellara keeps yellow jersey

International sports, Tour de France cycling Epernay, France (GenevaLunch) – Mark Cavendish, the sprinter from the Isle of Man, dominated the 2009 finishes but has had a difficult start to this year’s Tour de France, including being responsable for one of the big crashes that have marred the race. He put that behind him to […]